Newcastle country star Grayson presses play on next album

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By , 17/12/2018 16:22

NEW PHASE: Grayson started recording his fifth album Window Dreams last week.GRAYSON jokes his baby son Hunter had visited 14 US states by the time he was 10 weeks old.That’s the life of a travelling musician, come family man.
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Ten months ago Grayson, aka Newcastle country musician Michael Edser, and his Gunnedah bred-wife Brianna (nee MacKellar) welcomed their first baby in Nashville.

“It’s the best thing in the world and also the hardest thing in the world,” Grayson tellsWeekenderfrom Nashville.

“We literally didn’t have time to record with touring and not sleeping with a brand new baby.”

It meant plans for Grayson’s long-awaited fifth album were postponed. Finally last week he pressed play onWindow Dreams, which is expected to be released later this year.

“It’ll be a bit different to the last couple of songs I’ve released,” he says.“A little more stripped back and a little more real.”

Window Dreamswill feature nine tracks that Grayson wrote with American country star Jeff Wood, who has previously written songs for Neal McCoyandPhil Vassar.

In the meantime, Grayson has given fans a sugarypop single that is unashamedly written for US country commercialradio, much like his previous single10-9-8-7that topped theUSNew Music Weekly Country Charts in 2016.

Margaritawas inspired by a three-day hangover that refused to dissipate.The culprit? Taco Tuesday and a lot of tequila-packed margaritas.

“Every Tuesday night I go out for Taco Tuesday, I eat tacos and drink a shitload of margaritas,” Grayson says.“The wife hates it, as every Wednesday I’m hungover as all hell.”

Over the summer Grayson returned to Newcastle to introduce Hunter to his family, play shows and filmMargarita’svideo clip at Redhead and Dudley beaches.

Grayson loved the experience of returning to the beaches where he first learnt to surf, but it created some curious scenes for locals who didn’t realise a country music video was beginning filmed.

Grayson – Margarita“We used drones, which are a great technology, and the guys who manned them werein the bushes,” he says.“So I must have looked like an absolute tool standing on the beach with no cameras around.

“People would have been thinking, ‘what the hell is this guydoing, it’s 5.30 in the morning and he’s singing to himself’. The end product is good and it’s worth the embarrassment.”

Over the past six months Grayson has watched with pride as his“gym buddy” and fellow Novocastrian Morgan Evans hasbecome a breakout country pop-star with his singleKiss Somebody.

“He actually stayed on our couch for the first month he lived over here,” Grayson says.“I went to his wedding in Mexico last year with [US country star]Kelsea [Ballerini], so as a friend, a mentor, and a fellow musician it’s awesome that he’s kicking goals, because nobody works as hard as him.”

Grayson has also been workinghard to crack the lucrative Nashville scene. Since 2011, in fact. But as a new father he admitshis career aspirations are beingre-evaluated.

“If you’re serious about your career you’ve got to be here,” he says.“We’ll see how this album goes and Hunter is only 10 months old. The way the world is going right now I don’t want him growing up in schools here, there’s scary stuff happening.

“The next couple of years are make or break, regardless of whether I’m kicking goals, I’d love to come back home.

“I’m a proud Novocastrian and always will be. It’s the best and worst part of my job in that I don’t know what’s next.”

A beached cow shows the extent of flood damage to farming, says Bob Katter

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Bob Katter MP, Shane Knuth MP, with Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club members Dyana Brown and Shane Gee with the cow carcass. Photo credit – Anne Pleash.INDEPENDENT federal Queensland MP Bob Katter and his party’s state MP Shane Knuth say a cow thatdiscovered washed ashore at Mission Beach provides a graphic illustration of the damage done by recent flood waters.
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“We’ll never know the full damage but I’d say it’s around $20 million worth when you tally up crops, stock losses, property damage, machinery etc,” Mr Katter said in a statement today.

“We can’t stop them but in the instance of little ones (floods) where if we’d been able to take away a foot or more by going ahead with the North Johnston Transfer it would have helped prevent a lot of damage.”

The recent flooding in North Queensland due to torrential rain saw the worst conditions experienced since the 2010 floods which caused billions of dollars in damage and resulted in the federal government introducing a flood-levy to aid relief efforts.

An area between Townsville and Cairns was declared a disaster zone by the state government due to the recent flooding event, with sugar cane and banana crops caught up in the damage, as well as emergency evacuations.

Farmers have suffered heavy losses due to flooded paddocks and crops – but on Friday AgForce said a few days of good falls are not enough to break a drought that had lasted more than half a decade in many parts of the state.

AgForce North Queensland Regional President Russell Lethbridge said many regional and rural communities were still doing it very tough.

“The prolonged drought has taken an enormous financial, environmental and emotional toll on farming families right throughout Queensland, with more than two-thirds of the state still drought declared,” he said.

“The recent rain has certainly bought a smile to many faces in rural and regional Queensland, but it has been very patchy and it should not be forgotten that many regions in the west were first drought declared back in early to mid-2013, so it’s a long road to recovery.

“The ongoing nature of this drought has overwhelmed even the best efforts of producers to prepare and has been compounded by other challenges such as the kneejerk live export ban in 2011 and continued uncertainty around vegetation management regulations.

“The drought assistance and support measures provided by the State and Federal Governments are very welcome, but are really designed to assist people through a drought that lasts two to three years, whereas many producers are now facing their sixth year with severe rainfall deficits.”

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Chinan order surprised by allegations against Chinan-ordained priest in Papua New Guinea

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Investigation: Papua New Guinea Vincentian Bishop Rolando Santos and n-ordained priest Neil Lams in PNG where police have investigated “touching” allegations against Father Lams.
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THE head of the Vincentians order in said he had no control over an n-ordained Vincentian priest under police investigation for “touching” allegations in Papua New Guinea.

Vincentians Oceania head Father Greg Brett said he was unaware of the police investigation because Father Neil Lams was under the control of the bishops of Papua New Guinea, and not the Vincentians. He had been assured by a PNG bishop that two church investigations relating to Father Lams had been finalised in the priest’s favour. Father Lams was ordained in in 2011 and volunteered to work in Vincentian missions after two years.

Father Brett said he was advised he would receive a church investigation report but by Wednesday had not received it. A copy of an interim investigation report was supplied to the Newcastle Herald by Alotau Bishop Rolando Santos in September.

The interim report confirmed at least two teenage students at a school “frequented” the priest’s nearby home, but it found there was no sexual abuse. The interim church investigation report found the priest’s “slapping the cheeks or laps” of students during confession was “inappropriate”.

Father Brett said any touching was a breach of the order’s code of conduct and was unacceptable, but he was not aware of the report’s contents.

“The rules of confession are very strong,” he said.

Allegations against Father Lams were reported to Papua New Guinea police in September by Port Stephens woman Wendy Stein after meeting a school delegation during her work in PNG running family planning services sponsored by Rotary.

This week she joined Hunter survivor of Catholic paedophile priest Anthea Halpin, and Hunter survivor advocate Peter Gogarty, in calling on the n Catholic Church leadership to take responsibility for the legacy issues of decades of transferring priests and religious brothers to overseas missions after child sex allegations in . They have written to the church calling for an audit of all priests and religious sent overseas after n allegations.

Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan said the church had to “deal with” the legacy issues of its overseas transfers and “at the very least, put in place clear policies and procedures to respond to overseas survivors with compassion and justice”.

PNG police commander Andrew Weda on Tuesday said he would meet with investigating police this week to discuss the Father Lams case.

In February the administrator of Milne Bay province in PNG wrote to police investigating allegations against Father Lams instructing them to “ensure that a full investigation has been carried out by the police force who are the mandated agency to ensure that law and order is enforced”.

In his letter administrator Michael Kape confirmed the Division of Education had held a separate investigation into allegations against the priest.

“As much as possible we want to ensure that the children of Milne Bay are being taught in safe and conducive institutions andenvironments,” Mr Kape said.

Newcastle CBD building boom creating jobs and homes

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By , 25/04/2020 19:53

GO WEST: Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the December announcement of the council’s shift to the Gateway Two building. Picture: Simon McCarthyNEWCASTLE Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes saysa 90-metre tall building on the Store site would be her “ultimate goal, and a real sign of confidence in the CBD” in its shift towards the west end of Hunter Street.
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The lord mayor joined Colliers International commercial real estate agent Peter Macadam and Greg Gocher from the defence contractor Thales in speaking to a Property Council of lunch at City Hall on Friday.

Cr Nelmes said Newcastle City Council hoped to be in its new offices at the Gateway development by July next year, and she saw its move, and the redevelopment of the Store site, as projects that were likely to encourage others to set up in that part of the CBD.

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Mr Macadam told the lunch that the industry expected an announcement on a successful tenderer for the Store site next month.

Balancing offices and apartments TweetFacebook Highlights of presentation by Lord Mayor Nuatali NelmesProperty Council of lunch. Friday, March 16, 2018The Store site is regarded as one of the most crucial sites in the redevelopment of the city centre and the Newcastle Herald has been told by various sources that the property industry is watching closely to see what mix of commercial and residential use will go ahead on the site, which is owned by the state government.

In her speech, Cr Nelmes said the council had worked hard to get “alignment” with the government on planning decisions, and both sides had a focus on “getting the CBD moving”.

“It’s important that this urban core area, which is where we are now, has notonly a density of population, but also a density of commercial activity to make it a CBD,” Cr Nelmes said.

Mr Macadam gave an overview of the Newcastle commercial real estate market, saying that the city had about 105,000 square metres of A-grade office space, which he described as “a thin market”.

He said the city had traditionally “absorbed” about 4000 square metres of new A-grade space every year.

He said Newcastle was competing with other non-capital markets such as Parramatta and the Gold Coast for the sorts of employers who would be attracted to setting up in the CBD.

He said a lot of the recent property deals had effectively been a “shuffling of deck chairs”, with businesses moving from suburban locations into the CBD, or moving from lower grade accommodation into higher grade offices within the CBD.

Asked about the amount of residential development taking place in the CBD, Mr Macadam said it was a matter of zonings, but land was usually sold to its “best and highest use”, which was leading to apartment building, especially at Honeysuckle and Newcastle East.

“I don’t know too many places with waterfront commercial buildings and waterfront carparks, except Newcastle,” Mr Macadam said.

Mr Gocher said Thales –which built the ADI minehunters at Carrington in the 1990s –had “come home” when it announced its decision last year to re-lease the minehunter buildings and the former Forgacs shipyard next door.

He said it had stared doing up the site’s slipway, which should be in operation in August, allowing it to pursue maintenance work on vessels less than 100,000 tonnes, such as tugs. He said“state versus state” competition for defencework was “a reality” in .

France’s Macron squares off with unions

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French President Emmanuel Macron has endorsed a bill to fast-track a shake-up of French railways.The last time a French president squared off against rail unions over workers’ benefits it ended badly.
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The strikes of 1995 paralysed Paris and forced prime minister Alain Juppe to pull the reforms, a defeat from which he failed to recover.

Emmanuel Macron is undeterred.

On Wednesday his government endorsed a bill to fast-track through parliament the biggest shake-up of France’s debt-ridden railways since they were nationalised in the 1930s.

The former investment banker’s penchant for reform-by-decree after talks has angered labour unions, who will decide on Thursday if they will resort to strikes.

“It’s like putting a pistol to our heads and saying: ‘Let’s talk’,” Philippe Martinez, leader of the CGT union, said.

Elected on a promise to transform France and backed by a commanding majority in parliament, Macron has tackled at a relentless pace issues long considered sacred cows: protective labour laws, the bloated public sector, schools and now the state-run SNCF railways.

While the unions have threatened action over his plans to transform the SNCF into a profit-maker and prepare it for foreign competition in 2020, Macron has the public on his side.

One recent poll showed two in every three French people backed contracts for rail workers that would no longer guarantee a job for life and early retirement.

Rail workers have threatened to strike on March 22, the same day that several public sector unions plan a walkout.

The weeks ahead will be a test of their support, after they failed to mobilise nationwide protests to alter the government’s course on making it easier to hire and fire workers.

“Beyond the SNCF, there doesn’t seem to be a mass desire to take to the streets,” Jean-Claude Mailly, leader of the Force Ouvriere union, told France Inter radio.

In 2010, then-president Nicolas Sarkozy took on the unions over pension reform. At the time there were predictions of a 1995-redux. Millions took to the streets but Sarkozy stood firm and the reform happened.

As with Sarkozy at that time, Macron’s intent to take on unions has drawn comparisons with Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister who challenged mining unions in the 1980s. She won and unions in Britain never recovered their might.

Tasmania on top in battle for Shield final

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By , 25/04/2020 19:53

Andrew Fekete has put Tasmania in the box seat to make the Shield final after a six-wicket haul.Tasmania are in the box seat in their battle with Victoria for a Sheffield Shield final berth after a career-best haul from Andrew Fekete on day two in Hobart.
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At stumps on Thursday, the Tigers were 4-73 in their second innings – an overall lead of 235 runs.

The winners are guaranteed second place on the ladder and a spot in the final from March 23 against runaway leaders Queensland in Brisbane.

Fekete was the chief destroyer under overcast skies at Bellerive Oval, taking 6-67 as the Bushrangers were skittled for 182.

The 32-year-old had openers Travis Dean and Marcus Harris nicking and bowled the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 17 before lunch.

He took three scalps in an eight-ball burst in the middle session.

“Post-Big Bash, I found a bit of rhythm which I probably haven’t felt for a few years,” Fekete said.

“The last few games, I feel I’ve been bowling well. Today was just the day where I got the edges and rewards.”

“(There’s) a lot riding on the result – very happy with the performance.”

Allrounder Dan Christian played a lone hand with an aggressive 69 but was bowled by Tom Rogers (2-24) trying to accelerate the scoring.

A brace of wickets to former Test quick Peter Siddle late in the day kept the Bushrangers in the running.

Jake Doran (23no) and Matthew Wade (2no) grafted to stumps for the Tigers.

Tasmania have maintained second place on the ladder ahead of Victoria after the allocation of first-innings bonus points.

“I’d rather be in our position than theirs at the moment,” Fekete said.

“But as we’ve seen, batting conditions have been challenging most of the game.

“We’ve still got a bit of batting to come but need to have a good first session tomorrow morning.”

Earlier, the Tigers’ lower order added 40 to their overnight score to finish on 344.

Chris Tremain was the pick of the Bushrangers’ bowlers with 6-81.

Brumbies swing Super Rugby axe for Sharks

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Blake Enever has a chance to make a statement in the Brumbies’ Super Rugby clash with the Sharks.The Brumbies have swung the axe by making six changes as they look to turn around their Super Rugby season against the Sharks.
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Henry Speight is the only back-three player from the Melbourne Rebels loss to retain his spot for Saturday night’s match, with Andy Muirhead and Tevita Kuridrani coming into the starting XV.

Co-captain Sam Carter (concussion) and veteran Josh Mann-Rea (hamstring) are crucial forced changes through injury.

Two-Test Wallaby Blake Enever comes straight in for Carter at No.5 to partner Rory Arnold, while Tom Cusack replaces Lolo Fakaosilea at openside flanker.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Enever had the chance to make a statement after being left out of the squads for two of the opening three games.

“I’ve really admired Blake’s attitude during a difficult period for him – after playing at Murrayfield and Twickenham (for the Wallabies) and then having to get a bus to Albury for four hours to play a (Brumbies) Runners game,” McKellar said.

Other notable changes are co-captain Christian Lealiifano moving to inside centre to pair up with Wharenui Hawera, with Kyle Godwin cut from the squad.

Fullback Tom Banks, who has been touted as a future Wallaby, has been moved to the bench with Muirhead starting in the No.15 jersey.

Hooker Connal McInerney is on the bench for his Brumbies debut, while James Dargaville and Nic Mayhew are in for their first games of the season.

“I’ve picked a team this week that is all about the team performance, and not so much on individual performance,” McKellar said.

“It’s what I think will allow us to take the opportunities that we’re creating.

“Are we in trouble? You don’t want to be 1-3, but we’d much rather get a really good result in front of our fans and turn around our record at home, which has been around 50 per cent in recent years.”

BRUMBIES:

Andy Muirhead, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Lausil Taliauli, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani, Tom Cusack, Lachlan McCaffrey, Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio.

Res:

Connal McInerney, Nic Mayhew, Leslie Leuluaialli-Makin, Richie Arnold, Lolo Fakaosilea, Matt Lucas, James Dargaville, Tom Banks.

Health and fitness: Urban Poling, a low-impact way of improving strength and cardiovascular fitness

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By , 25/04/2020 19:39

STRIDING OUT: Managing director of Urban Poling Mandy Shintani, left, and Merewether’s Marie Williams are spruiking the benefits of a new exercise phenomenon.Urban poling. Have you heard of it?
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I hadn’t until the start of this year when Merewether’s Marie Williams, who has an extensive background in health education and discovered the form of exercise last year, invited me to give it a go.

Before I went, I quickly googled to see what exactly urban poling was.

According to urbanpoling老域名购买,it is also known as Nordic walking, like “cross-country skiing without the skis” and “has toning, calorie-burning and posture benefits that have made it popular in Europe for decades and a new workout favourite in Canada”.

It involves walking with the aid of two poles and reportedly gives you a much harder workout than standard walking.

Urban Poling is a Canadian-based company founded by occupational therapist Mandy Shintani, who discovered the form of exercise around 13 years ago.

It was a Swedish neighbour who introduced her to Nordic walking.

“There used to be an ad on TV that compared the health of a Swedish 70-year-old with a 40-year-old Canadian,” Mandy told me.

“I asked, ‘What are they doing to make them so much healthier’. She said, ‘We’re actually just walking’.”

Her neighbour observed Canadians and North Americans to be “a vehicular society”.

“She said, ‘We’re just walking to the store and everyone uses walking poles’,” Mandy told me.

That was everyone from everyday people to Olympians, meaning you could get a good workout, no matter what your ability.

Mandy was instantly sold when she gave it a go for the first time.

“I thought, ‘I’m going to try this out myself’. I had never seen it in Canada before,” she said.

“I don’t enjoy jogging but I found this so convenient.

“I could leave the poles in the car and do it when the kids were playing soccer or do it at night when the kids went to bed.

“It has the same perceived exertion as brisk walking and it appeals to someone who is sedentary right up to a marathon runner.”

Shetold me it forces a better posture and offloads pressure from your joints. Anumber of studies had also found it to beof benefit for people recovering from injury or from chronic conditions such as arthritis ordiabetes, among others.

It proved popular when Mandy showed it to a bunch of women she knew and from there urban poling escalated.

She has now developed a range poles to suit differing abilities and activities, from using them for rehabilitation to a form of fitness.

Marie was also an instant fan when Mandy first introduced her to urban poling and has now trained as an instructor herself and has been spruiking its benefits in the Newcastle community.

When she took me for a trial of the poles, I could definitely feel the muscles of my core, arms and shoulders being engaged without going too far and could see why it was being described by some as upright pilates.

Some of the other benefits I was told were:

It whittles your waist by engagingyour core with each step;It takes load off your hips and knees so you “can walk further, faster or even pain-free”;It is a proven fat burner, burning “up to 46 per cent more calories than standard walking”;It is a great arm and shoulder work-out because “urban poling uses 90 per cent of your muscles”;“The full-body urban poling workout helps keep blood sugars in a healthy range”;It is something for the whole family. Mandy told me she knew a lot of families who had all taken it up after one member tried it first.Find out moreat urbanpoling老域名购买orcontact [email protected]老域名购买 to organise a trial or demonstration.

Upcoming fitness eventsNewRun, Newcastle Foreshore, April 15:Newcastle’s annual running festival with a range of distances on offer, all with courses that hug the coastline and arguably one of the most scenic events around. Courses includes 2km for kids, 5km, 10km and 21.1km.

Maitland River Run, Maitland June 3:This eventis still 11 weeks away, which givesyou plenty of time to train for one of the distances on offer. The course isa picturesque 4km loop in and around the Maitland Mall and river bank. There is the4km, 8km and12km courses and this year an added half marathon, plus theclassic 1609m (one mile) sprint.

Autumn Workouts Week #3Time is one reason many people give for not working out. Circuits are a good, quickway to get a total body workout with strength and cardioall in one.

Pick out 10 or so exercises, combining strength with cardio, and set eitherthe number of repetitions or a time for each.

Try 2-3 rounds of: Alternating squat with single arm press, slam balls, skipping, walking lunges (optional overhead weight), deadlift with bent-over row, burpees, shoulder throws with light weights/punches into bag, short shuttle runs, box jumpfollowed by a push-up.

Finish with core work or add it into the circuit.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]xmedia老域名购买.au.

Roar beat Sydney in major A-League upset

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Brisbane have beaten ladder-leading Sydney FC 2-1 in a stunning A-League upset at Allianz Stadium.A-League-leading Sydney FC’s form slump continues, conceding sloppy set-piece goals in a 2-0 home loss to Brisbane.
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It was Sydney’s first A-League home loss in 29 games stretching back almost two years.

The Sky Blues have not won any of their past four games, and have suffered back-to-back A-League losses for the first time since April 2016.

Matt McKay’s ninth-minute near-post header from a corner was followed 10 minutes later by Jacob Pepper’s tap in after a free-kick – his first goal in six years.

Sydney’s 59th-minute goal also came from a set-piece, Milos Ninkovic powering in a far-post header from a Jordy Buijs free-kick.

“It fell into place because we worked hard on what our tactics were during the week,” Roar coach John Aloisi said.

“I thought defensively we were very good, and at setpieces we knew that we could hurt them as we’ve seen in the past few games in the Champions League.”

Sydney came close to salvaging a point in a frantic finish, but Brisbane held firm on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.

Substitute Matt Simon struck a post in the 89th minute and put a stoppage-time effort into the side netting. Right at the death, Brandon O’Neill had a free-kick tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Jamie Young.

“We haven’t conceded in general play in the last three or four games and we work on them (defending setpieces) at training, it’s concentration and focus,” Sydney coach Graham Arnold said.

“We had enough general chances in general play to win the game.

“The boys are working extremely hard and I can’t fault their attitude and commitment, it’s just the big moments.”

With Newcastle winning in Wellington a couple of hours earlier, Sydney’s seemingly once-unbreakable grip on the Premiers Plate has been loosened a little and their lead cut to five points with four rounds remaining.

Brisbane’s fifth win in their past six away games moves the Roar above Perth into seventh, just two points behind sixth-placed Western Sydney.

Sydney looked to have pulled a goal back in the 33rd minute when defender Alex Wilkinson headed home an Adrian Mierzejewski free-kick but a VAR review resulted in an offside call.

‘We’ve had the rub of the green sometime with the VAR and tonight we didn’t get it,” Arnold said.

Set-pieces apart, both sides were unable to create good chances in open play in the first half.

They were more successful after the break, with Sydney pouring on the pressure.

Ninkovic went close on the hour, putting a close-range shot wide and Bobo struck a 20-metre shot straight at Young in the 83rd minute.

Brisbane spent most of the second half defending, but Massimo Maccarone should have done better in the 76th minute, mis-hitting an on-target effort from close range.

Wests Tigers stun Melbourne Storm in NRL thriller: Photos

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Tigers stun Storm, ruin Slater’s NRL 300th: Photos The West Tigers have beaten Melbourne 10-8 to spoil Billy Slater’s 300th NRL game milestone. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP
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Billy Slater of the Storm is chaired from the field after his 300th game by teammates Cameron Smith (left) and Ryan Hoffman. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Billy Slater of the Storm shakes hands with Benji Marshall of the Tigers. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Brodie Croft of the Storm runs the ball forward. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Matthew Eisenhuth (right) of the Tigers celebrates their win with teammates. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Will Chambers of the Storm is tackled by Luke Brooks of the Tigers. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball forward. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball forward. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Josh Addo-Carr of the Storm goes over for a try that was later disallowed. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Josh Addo-Carr of the Storm prematurely celebrates a try that was later disallowed. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm scores a try. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

David Nofoaluma of the Tigers runs the ball forward. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Malakai Watene-Zelezniak of the Tigers is tackled by Cameron Smith of the Storm. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Chris Lawrence of the Tigers is tackled. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Billy Slater of the Storm comes out for his 300th game. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Cameron Munster (right) of the Storm is prevented from scoring a try. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Cameron Munster of the Storm runs the ball forward. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm is tackled by Pita Godinet (left) and Elijah Taylor of the Tigers. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Ryan Hoffman of the Storm breaks from the tackles. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

Cameron Smith of the Storm dejected after losing the round two NRL match. Picture: Hamish Blair/AAP

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Brumbies back on Super Rugby winners list

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Henry Speight’s try was all it took to end a two-game losing streak against the Sharks.A return to Canberra has reignited the Brumbies’ Super Rugby season, scoring a 24-17 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
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Entering the match at GIO Stadium after two straight defeats to n Conference rivals, all the pressure was on Dan McKellar’s team to deliver.

While it wasn’t always pretty, the Brumbies did enough to account for their South African opponents and square their season ledger at 2-2 heading into a bye.

Curwin Bosch crossed for the Sharks late in the contest to ensure it was two tries each.

The Brumbies win was made even more impressive considering Lachlan McCaffrey and Allan Alaalatoa spent time in the sin bin.

McKellar made the brave call to swing the axe four games into his coaching tenure, but the six changes worked.

Switching captain Christian Lealiifano to inside centre and putting Wharenui Hawera at No.10 worked wonders as they combined together perfectly.

Hawera had a brilliant night with the boot, slotting all of his penalty kicks to repay the faith shown from McKellar in an inspired performance.

The Brumbies boss said three away games – including a first round trip to Japan – to start the season had taken a massive toll on the group.

But four of their next five games are in Canberra, creating a chance for the Brumbies to apply pressure to conference-leading Melbourne Rebels.

“We’ve had a hard four or five weeks on the road and I’ve spoken about that a lot,” McKellar said.

“There was a bit of an overreaction with how we performed the first couple of weeks and I think people underestimate the travel that goes into this competition.”

The Brumbies should have been further in front than 10-3 at half-time, failing to capitalise on some golden opportunities in attack.

Henry Speight crashed over for an early second half try, but the Sharks’ Thomas du Toit crossed for a converted try not long after to keep the visitors in the hunt.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez said it was disappointing his side failed to make the most of the Brumbies having 14 players on the field for a quarter of the match.

“I think we battled to get into the game, especially in the first half, we just didn’t start well and didn’t make the most of our chances,” he said.

“The Brumbies had lost a couple in a row and we knew they would bring a big backlash. They were desperate to win tonight and played really well.”

Dogs into AFLW GF with win over Demons

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By , 25/04/2020 19:39

The Western Bulldogs have book a place in the AFLW grand final after defeating Melbourne.The Western Bulldogs are the first team into the AFLW grand final after they scored a stunning two-point win over Melbourne on Saturday night.
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The Demons clung to a four-point lead as the clock ticked down at a blustery Whitten Oval, but Brooke Lochland snapped a brilliant goal with just over a minute left to secure a tense 5.3 (33) to 4.7 (31) win in front of 7593 fans.

The winner of the match was guaranteed a spot in the grand final, but the result cruelly ended Melbourne’s campaign.

The Dogs will play either Brisbane or Adelaide in the premiership decider, with the Crows needing to beat Collingwood on Sunday to progress.

Regardless of who the Bulldogs play, the grand final will be held at Princes Park on Saturday afternoon.

“Getting into the grand final is obviously a great achievement, but we want to put that cup in our hands at the end of the game next Saturday,” coach Paul Groves said.

“They don’t hand us a cup for (finishing top), so we’re pretty steadfast in that we’re going to enjoy this … it’s a different week for us now, but we want to put our hands around the big (trophy).”

The Dogs pulled off the win without scoring at all in two quarters of footy.

Melbourne skipper Daisy Pearce elected to kick with a strong wind in the first quarter, but the Demons didn’t do enough with it.

The Dogs went inside 50 just twice and couldn’t muster a shot on goal for the term, but their desperate defence saw them take over use of the breeze trailing by just seven points.

The home side gained the ascendancy in the second with three quick goals, but Melbourne managed a priceless goal into the wind through Karen Paxman.

The Dogs led by seven points at halftime, but in a mirror image of the first quarter, they couldn’t score into the gusting wind after the restart.

But again, the Demons booted just one goal to lead by five points at three-quarter time.

Monique Conti gave the Dogs the lead two minutes into the final term, but a goal to Melbourne through Kate Hore set up the stunning climax, capped when Lochland received a slick handball and kicked truled.

“I’m shattered and disappointed for the group,” Demons coach Mick Stinear said.

“They put so much work into it.

“You’d like to think that commitment was worthy of another week in the competition, but it wasn’t to be.”

Xenophon’s assault on SA falls well short

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SA-BEST Leader Nick Xenophon is struggling to win a seat in the state parliament.A “bruised” Nick Xenophon has put his spectacular failure to claim any seats in the South n lower house on election night down to the influence of the pokies lobby.
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Mr Xenophon had hoped to win the balance of power in the state and act as a government “watchdog”.

His supporters gathered at Adelaide’s Palace Nova Cinema on Saturday night to watch the count, but the mood turned sombre as it became clear the party’s ambitious goal would fall flat.

The former senator also looks to have been defeated in his campaign to win the seat of Hartley, but said the seat is “lineball” and has held off on conceding.

Asked what had gone wrong, Mr Xenophon said he began his campaign too late and spread himself too thin across the 36 seats SA-BEST contested.

“In the end, negativity won, big money won, the pokies lobby got the best of us this time around but it’s not over and I’m not giving up,” he said.

The n Hotels Association headed an expensive campaign against Mr Xenophon based on the claim his pokies policy would cost the industry jobs.

Mr Xenophon would not rule out legal action against the group and said he also intended to pursue proceedings against incoming Liberal premier Steven Marshall over claims SA-BEST had done a deal with Labor.

Across the state, SA-BEST has polled only about 14 per cent of primary votes, but Mr Xenophon said his candidates are still a chance in the seats of Finniss and Heysen.

“We’ve come second in a number of seats, close in a few and not giving up at least a couple of lower house seats,” he said

“We are here to shake up the great two-party duopoly, whether we do that remains to be seen.”

Despite acknowledging his party would win two lower house seats in the best-case scenario, Mr Xenophon told supporters the results were a “mixed bag”.

On Saturday night, SA-BEST looked to have claimed two seats in the state’s upper house.

“SA-BEST will have a presence in the South n parliament and that’s a good thing for democracy in this state,” Mr Xenophon said.

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